Ski Industry

January 16, 2014--Hopi lawsuit against wastewater snowmaking gets green light in Arizona (High Country News)

The Arizona Supreme Court has greenlighted a lawsuit that the Hopi Tribe brought against the city of Flagstaff, Ariz. for selling wastewater to a local ski resort to make fake snow.


January 8, 2014--Dust on rockies snow quickens melting, disrupts water supplies (Wall Street Journal)

Dusty air blowing in from the drought-parched Southwest is subtly changing the color of the snow on the Rocky Mountains, affecting water supplies for millions of people in more than half a dozen states. The dust-darkened snow, tinged the color of cinnamon, absorbs more sun and melts earlier in the year—a problem for fa


January 4, 2014--Ski industry eyes climate change concerns (Post Independent)

Rae Jensan has called the Vail Valley home off and on for 31 years. She has noticed changing weather patterns over that time and doesn’t think it’s for the better. Jensan recalls a summer in the early 1980s when Vail reached a record high of 88 degrees, while Avon hit 92 degrees.


HR 1389

Although the U.S. Forest Service has backed off its original position against Colorado ski industry’s water rights for now, a congressional bill designed to protect water owned by ski areas could potentially end up hurting rivers across the country.

November 30, 2013--Telluride moves to future with new snowmaking infrastructure, technology (Watch Newspapers)

In a perfect world, all 280 acres of terrain at the Telluride Ski Resort with access to manmade snow would be open by Christmas.


November 27, 2013--U.S. Forest Service surrenders water rights fight (La Junta Tribune)

In one of the biggest fights over water rights in recent years, the U.S.F.S. announced that it will no longer pursue the plan of forcing ski areas to surrender their water rights in order to renew their operating permits.


November 21, 2013--Bill is a disaster (Steamboat Today)

Last month, Representatives Scott Tipton, R-Colo., and Jared Polis, D-Colo., introduced H.R. 3189, the so called “Water Rights Protection Act.” While the bill was disguised as a minor “fix” for a narrow water rights conflict between Colorado’s ski industry and the U.S.


November 15, 2013--USFS water decision a win for farmers (Northern Colorado Business Report)

The Colorado Farm Bureau said a U.S. Forest Service decision to no longer pursue forcing ski areas to surrender their water rights to renew their operating permits bodes well for farmers. The Forest Service's decision represents a "huge win" for private property owners, including farmers with grazing permits, the Farm Bureau said in a statement.


November 13, 2013--Forest Service reverses policy on water rights (Vail Daily)

Eagle County’s two U.S. congressmen successfully snuffed a Forest Service move to take water rights without paying for them. Jared Polis and Scott Tipton have been battling a U.S.


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